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CLAT 2013 : Apply from Jan 15

Dr. S Rajookrishnan

December 23, 2012: The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2013, the all India entrance examination conducted on rotation by 14 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate (LL.B) and Post-Graduate (LL.M) Degree Programmes will be conducted by the Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur, the Organising University, from 3 p.m to 5 p.m. on 12th May 2013 (Sunday).

The 14 participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are:
(i) National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
(ii) National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
(iii) National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
(iv) The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
(v) National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
(vi) Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
(vii) Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
(viii) Dr. Ram ManoharLohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
(ix) Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
(x) Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
(xi) National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
(xii) National Law University, Odisha (NLUO)
(xiii) National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
(xiv) National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)

Eligibility for UG Courses: Applicant should have obtained a Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognised Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC/ST applicants) and should be below 20 years of age as on 1st July 2013 (22 years in case of SC/ST candidates, subject to state reservation at the University concerned).

Those who are appearing or have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test subject to the condition that they pass the qualifying examination at the time of their admission and submit proof in support of their claims.

Eligibility for PG Courses: Applicant should have obtained a LL.B/ B.L Degree or an equivalent Degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% in case of SC/ST applicants). Those who have passed the qualifying Degree examination through supplementary/ compartment and repeat attempts are also eligible for appearing in the test and taking admission provided such candidates produce the proof of having passed the qualifying examination with required marks, on the date of their admission or within the time allowed by the respective universities.

Those candidates who are appearing or have appeared in the qualifying degree examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test subject to the conditions in the Prospectus. The candidate must have passed/appeared in the final semester/final year examination of the qualifying examination on the date of his/her admission. Such candidates will be provided provisional admission only and they will have to submit their final results of qualifying examination within the timeframe prescribed by the respective Universities/Institutes.

Pattern of CLAT: CLAT admission to the Under-Graduate Programmes will be of two hours duration carrying 200 marks and with 200 multiple-choice questions of one mark each. The Subject areas with weightage are as follows:English including Comprehension (40 Marks); General Knowledge/ Current Affairs (50 Marks); Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) (20 Marks); Legal Aptitude (50Marks); Logical Reasoning (40 Marks). The details related to the various subject areas is given in detail at http://www.clat.ac.in/notice.php For each of the wrong answer to multiple choice questions, 0.25 mark will be deducted.

Tie-Breaking: In case equal marks are scored by two or more candidates in the CLAT-2013, the person getting higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT-2013 and then the person with Higher age and then by Computerized draw of lots in that order will be placed higher in the ranking.

CLAT for PG Programme: The test will be of two hours duration with a maximum of 150 marks. There will be Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions(Covering Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence) and carrying 100 Marks (4 questions of 25 marks each); Multiple-Choice Questions(Covering all compulsory law subjects prescribed by the BCI for the Under-Graduate Course except Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence) carrying a maximumof 50 Marks (50 questions of 1 mark each). For each of the wrong answer to multiple choice questions, 0.25 mark will be deducted.

Tie-breaking : If two or more candidates score equal marksin CLAT-2013 for PG Course, the person with (i) Higher marks in the Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions Section in CLAT-2013 (ii) Higher age (iii) Computerized draw of lots in that order will be placed higher in the ranking.

Old Question Booklets:  Old Question Booklets for UG as well as PG courses will be available at the designated branches of SBI and participating Universities/Institutes at a cost of Rs. 200/- per booklet. The Question Booklets will also be made available at www.clat.ac.in for downloading after making online payment of Rs. 200/- through Net banking/ Debit card/ Credit card etc. In addition to making online payment of Rs. 200/-, the applicant will have to bear the bank transaction cost for remitting the charges online. In case, the question papers are required by Registered/Speed post, applicant will have to bear an additional cost of Rs.100/- towards postage charges.

Those desirous of purchasing the question papers must enclose a DD forRs. 300/- in favour of ‘Registrar, HNLU – CLAT 2013 A/C’, payable at Raipur (Chhattisgarh). Application requesting the question paper should be addressed to ‘The Convener, Common Law Admission Test, CLAT-2013, Hidayatullah National Law University, Post-Uparwara, Abhanpur, New Raipur,Chhattisgarh-493661. The application can be made on a plain paper (A4 size) and should contain the details such as Name, Complete Postal Address including PIN Code, Contact Number (Landline and Mobile) and Email id.

Application: Printed OMR Application Forms along with the CLAT-2013 Information Brochure will be made available at the designated branches of the State Bank of India (SBI) (See www.clat.ac.in/pdfs/BankBranches.pdf for the list of branches) and in all the participating NLUs  (See www.clat.ac.in for the list) on payment of Rs.3000/- (Rs.2500/- in case of SC/ST candidates on submission of proof) excluding the bank charges from 15th January, 2013.

For purchasing Application Form from the designated branches of SBI, fees can be paid through ‘Challan’ under the ‘Power Jyoti’ scheme of SBI. For  purchasing Application Form from the participating NLUs, the candidates can make payment either through ‘Cash’ or ‘Demand Draft’ drawn in favour of the Registrars of the concerned NLUs to be payable at the respective cities of their location.

Application Form and CLAT-2013 Information Brochure can also be procured through Registered/ Speed post by sending a requisition letter (with Father’s Name, Contact Numbers, detail Mailing Address and PIN Code) to the ‘Convener, CLAT-2013, Hidayatullah National Law University, Post-Uparwara, Abhanpur, New Raipur, Chhattisgarh-493661’, along with a Demand Draft of Rs.3100/- (Rs.2600/- in case of SC/ST candidates) (inclusive of postal charges), drawn in favour of ‘Registrar, HNLU-CLAT 2013 A/C’, to be payable at Raipur (Chhattisgarh).

Applications can also be submitted online at www.clat.ac.in following the instructions given at the website, including online payment of application fees and uploading of the passport size (3.5 x 4.5) photograph and scanned copy of the signature through electronic mode. The online payment can be made through Net-banking, Debit card, Credit card, etc. Applicants will have to bear the additional transaction costs for remitting the fees online through payment gateways.

Duly filled-in OMR Application Form along with a copy of the Bank Challan/Cash Receipt/ Demand Draft can be submitted to the Convener, CLAT-2013, either in person (from 10a.m to 5 p.m. on all working days) or through Registered/Speed Post so as to reach ‘The Convener,Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)-2013, Hidayatullah National Law University, Post-Uparwara, Abhanpur, New Raipur, Chhattisgarh-493661, latest by 5 p.m on 30th March 2013. The relevant certificates/documents in support of one’s claim for admission are not to be submitted along with the Application Form. The original certificates/documents (as indicated in the OMR Application Form and specified in the CLAT-2013 Information Brochure) issued by competent authority are to be submitted to the allotted University/Institute only at the time of admission. Applicants are advised not to send their applications through courier.

Mode of Admission: Admission to U. G. Courses will be based on merit-cum-preference. The university-wise preferences obtained from the candidates through OMR Application Form and their CLAT Score and Rank will be taken into consideration to prepare the First Provisional Allotment List based on merit-cum-preference and the same will be made available to the respective participating Universities/Institutes. A long list of waitlisted candidates (comprising around 20% of the total number of seats in all the 14 NLUs) will be issued along with the First Provisional Allotment List.

Details are available at www.clat.ac.in.

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